A New Vision: What if we lived in a world where disabilities become possibilities?

Blog URL: http://donlavin.blogspot.com

This blog features articles, commentaries, and real stories to encourage new practices and policies so unemployed Minnesotans with disabilities join the workforce and become contributing members of our communities and economy.

Located: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tags: disability, employment, customized employment, supported employment, employment first, rehabilitation, integrated employment, mental illness, intellectual disability

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Employment First: Full Throttle Ahead! on Jan 25, 2010To my readers,I launched this blog back in January of 2005 with a goal to contribute to a national dialogue promoting integrated employment in support of adults with disabilities. I called this blog “A New Vision” and tried to encourage people to...



A Holiday Gift on Dec 31, 2009I hadn’t been at the Rise holiday party for 10 minutes when Pauline Niznik, one of our employment consultants, waved to get my attention. She motioned me in the direction of a table where she was sitting with a group of individuals she is supportin...



Let It Be on Dec 15, 2009Many of my regular readers know I made a professional conversion from a model of “rehabilitation” thinking and strategic practices to one of strengths-based practices many years ago. The reason is simple—strengths-based practices deliver more e...



What I've Learned About Organizational Change on Nov 30, 2009According to recent labor statistics produced by the Department of Labor for October, 2009, only 21.7% of Americans with disabilities are participating in the workforce in contrast to 70% of all other Americans. This wide gap is troubling and unaccep...



on Oct 4, 2009Why?It’s one of the most intriguing words in the English language. It forces a person to drill down deeper. It makes us work and think a little harder to discover, or perhaps to uncover, an underlying rationale for the human condition and its conne...



A Whack on the Side of the Head on Sep 14, 2009To my readers, please take a careful look at the chart I’ve attached at the beginning of this article. I will wait for you at the next paragraph, OK? If you would like to enlarge the chart for ease of reading, click on it twice.OK, are you back wit...